The funeral service will held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Magnolia Baptist Church, 415 Hosie Waters Street, Montezuma, Georgia.
Shelby Jillian Shaw, age 33, 602 Washington Street, Montezuma, Georgia, passed on May 29, 2018.
The funeral service will held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Magnolia Baptist Church, 415 Hosie Waters Street, Montezuma, Georgia.
Mr. Clarence Joiner Sr., age 58, passed on May 24, 2018 at the Houston Medical Center, Warner Robins, Georgia.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, June 2, 2018 at New Hope Baptist Church, Highway 26 East, Montezuma, Georgia. Burial will follow in the Church cemetery.
Clarence, “affectionally called Shoon” Joiner was born, March 18th, 1960 in Newark, New Jersey to the late A.W Joiner and the late Mildred Journey Joiner. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Betty Joiner Tookes, his father -in- law, Rufus Tookes, one brother- in- law, Melvin Thornton, and one sister- in- law, Linda Ruth Tookes. He grew up in the Philliptown area of Montezuma, Georgia. Clarence attended Historic D.F Douglass High School. After high school, he worked at Metalux/Cooper Lighting in Americus, GA. He retired after 20 years of dedicated service. At an early age, he joined First Albany Deliverance Cathedral Church in Albany, Georgia under the leadership of the late Apostle Isaiah Revills. Clarence was a gentle giant that enjoyed spending time with his family most of all. He was a devoted husband, strong father and nurturing grandfather. For recreation, he enjoyed cooking; especially deep frying and barbequing. He also enjoyed watching sports.
He leaves to cherish his memory his one true love, his devoted wife of 36 years, Ruth Ann Tookes Joiner. They were joined in holy matrimony March 16, 1983. Their union was blessed with four children, Clarence Joiner Jr., Jonathan Joiner, LeWade Joiner, of Warner Robins, GA. and Shelby Joiner, of Albany, GA. and a Goddaughter, Evetta Lawson. Seven Grandchildren Pier Barron, Jonathan Joiner Jr, A’Kaylan Joiner, Clarence Joiner 3rd, Jamarion Joiner, Kayden Harris, Iquan Joiner.
Nine siblings, Charlie Journey (Martha), Americus, Georgia, Kenneth Joiner (Angela), Shirley Lockhart Perry, Georgia. Ruth Ann Aldridge (Eric), A.W. Joiner, Jr., Patricia Joiner, Montezuma, Georgia, John Joiner (April), Fort Valley, Georgia, Arthur Collier Jr. (Linda) Houston, Texas and Elaine Moore, of Hartwell, Georgia, Mother In law, Mary Jane Tookes, brother In law Reverend Leon Humphries (Christine), Ackworth, Georgia; sister in laws Brenda Rumph (Daryl) and Shirley Felton of Montezuma, Georgia.
Aunts and Uncles Betty Solomon (John Lee), Betty Joiner, Bernice Collier, Dorothy Collier all of Montezuma, Georgia, Ruthie Mae Howard, Ideal, Georgia, Mae Chambers, Miami, Florida, and Ella West (Bennie), Florida City, Florida and many nieces, and nephews, two devoted friends; Lamont Lakes and Keith McClendon, Montezuma, Georgia; extended family Marsha Canady and Earl Woolfork and Family also of Montezuma, Georgia.
Leonard “Charlie” Byse, age 82, 127 Spanky Avenue, 3rd Street, Lot 66 Trailer 25 passed on May 22, 2018 at his residence.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, May 26, 2018 at House of God Miracle Temple, 602 Hoke Smith Avenue, Ideal, Georgia, where Theresa Smith is Pastor. The Reverend Rodney Duncan will officiate. Burial will follow in Hopewell Independent Church Cemetery, Brooks Mill Road, Rupert, Macon County, Georgia.
Leonard was born December 19, 1935 in Ideal, Macon County, Georgia to the late Wille Ben Byse, Sr. and Mamie Lou Howard Byse. He was preceded in death by one son, Danny Byse, and all of his siblings, Owens Byse, Mattie Walker, Willie Ben Byse, Jr., Ulysses C. Byse, Monroe Byse, Fannie M. Glover, Marvin Byse, Eddie Byse, Alfore Byse, and Mamie Davis. He was educated in the public school system of Macon County. Charlie was employed with Ford Motor Company for over 30 years. Following retirement from Ford Motor Company he return back home to Macon County. He was joined in holy matrimony to the late Jessie Alexander Byse.
He leaves to cherish his memories to one son Timothy Byse, Oglethorpe, Georgia; one adopted son, Peter Tate, Montezuma, Georgia; 10 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; an aunt, Ruthie Mae Howard, Ideal, Georgia; sisters-in- law, Carrie Pearl Byse, Shirley Byse both Ideal, Georgia, Christine Byse, Louise Byse, both of Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Thelma Louise Melvin-Mitchell, age 71, passed on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Heart of Georgia Hospice, Perry, Georgia.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, May 26, 2018 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 114 Johnson Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
On May 9th 1947, a beautiful centerpiece came into this world. Thelma L. Melvin-Mitchell departed her earthly life for an eternal life on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Heart of Georgia Hospice Center in Perry, Georgia. Thelma Melvin Mitchell was born in Macon County, Georgia to the late Catherine and Henry Melvin. She was the fifth out of twelve siblings; in which Henry Thomas Melvin & Joe McCellar has preceded her in death. She was educated in the Macon County School System, being a Graduate of the D.F. Douglass High School Class of 1966. At an early age, she accepted Christ as her personal savior and joined the Davis Chapel A.M.E. Church, where she served as a devoted member even when she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and later joined Second Salem Baptist Church in Montezuma, Georgia.
Thelma was joined in holy matrimony to the late Sherman E. Mitchell in 1980. To this union, they were blessed to combine a total of five children. She leaves to cherish in her memories three children: Jarvis Mitchell (son, Samar Dallas), Varrick L. Melvin (Chaka McMullen Melvin); three grandchildren, Meosha Melvin, Khaliya Melvin (sons, Kayson & Kannon), all of Atlanta, Georgia, Yasmine & Dynna Melvin (son, Yevin) of Clarksville, Tennessee.
John "Shelton" Melvin (Regina Melvin); 6 kids blended by this union, Shadonna Nelson, Brittany Lewis, of Atlanta, Georgia, Au'Promice Mann, Africa Streeter (Lil Shelton), Charles Harris and Reginald Harris, with a combined total of 19 great grandchildren, all of Americus, Georgia; and one great grandchild who preceded her in her untimely death. Siblings, Annie Pearl Hamilton (Cleve), Mary King, Gail Rumph, John Melvin, all of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Shirley Hawkins, Rachel Clark (Jimmy), all of Montezuma, Georgia, Willie C. Melvin (Vernel), Inez Owens (Larry), both of College Park, Georgia, and Jimmy Melvin of Jacksonville, Florida.
She leaves a host of other relatives and friends: a special loving friend, Mr. Douglas Harrison. A day didn't go by without her talking to a group of beloved friends: Mattie Redding, Margaret McCants, Annie Harris "Pooh Gal", Alma Lester and son, Freddie Adams, Eric Mann also Milton Hayes and Leroy Harris.
The family will receive guests on Thursday, May 24, 2018 and Friday, May 25, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the residence of Jimmy and Rachael Clark, 419 Hill Street, Montezuma, Georgia. They can be reached at 478-244-9288.
Mary Kaigler, age 65, passed on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at her home.
The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Jehovah Baptist Church, 201 Chatham Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia. Burial will follow in the Oglethorpe City Cemetery, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Mary Ophelia Kaigler was born on October 19, 1952 in Macon County, Georgia to the late J.C. Hill, Sr. and Georgia Chastain Hill. She earned her education in the Macon County public school system and was a graduate of D.F. Douglass High School class of 1971. She started employment at Southern Frozen Foods in 1977 and was there many years. She confessed her belief in the true and living God and became a member of Jehovah Baptist Church.
Mary was formerly married to the late Johnny B. Kaigler, whom was also a great father figure to her four boys, Curtis Hill, Anthony Harris, Brian Harris, and Kevin Harris. Mary enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, and relaxing on her porch.
On May 13, 2018, Mary was granted her eternal rest. She now joins her sister, Ella Mae Hankerson; brothers, David S. Chastain and James C. Hill, Jr. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
The memory and legacy of Mary Ophelia Kaigler will live on with her children, Curtis B. Hill, of Estill, South Carolina, Anthony J. Harris (Andrea), of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Brian D. Harris, and Kevin L. Harris, both of Montezuma, Georgia; siblings, Sarah A. Stewart (Leo), Johnny L. Hill, both of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Rebecca Bivins (Arthur), of Warner Robins, Georgia, Gloria L. Hill (Robert), of Montezuma, Georgia, Emma B. Clark, of Warner Robins, Georgia; nineteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, including one devoted friend, Gracie Joiner, and other relatives
Deacon Robert Lee Hill, age 79, passed on May 15, 2018 at Medical Center of Navicent Health, Macon, Georgia.
The funeral service will be held at 12:00 P.M., Sunday, May 20, 2018, Felton Chapel Independent Church, Highway 128, Oglethorpe, Georgia. Burial follow in the Church cemetery.
Deacon Robert Lee Hill was born on August 16, 1938 to the late Matilda Dixon Hill and Robert “Bob” Hill, in Oglethorpe, Macon County, Georgia. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Ann Hill; a grandson Kimothy Collins; brothers, Willie James Hill, Herbert Lockhart, Jr.; sisters, Annie Maude Walker and Wilmearl Edwards; and mother-in law, Lula Mae Walker. He was educated in the local church schools. He was employed as farmer with Chester Gilmore Farms, Garden Valley Farms, and he retired for the Macon County Board of Education as a Bus Driver. He was a faithful member of Felton Chapel Independent Church where served on the Deacon Ministry and cemetery sexton.
Deacon Hill was joined in holy matrimony to Annie Mae Walker.
He leaves to cherish his memories: a devoted wife of 55 years, Annie Mae Walker Hill, Oglethorpe, Georgia; three children Eugene Hill (Lillie), Oglethorpe, Georgia, Patricia Walker, Reynolds, Georgia, and Raymond Hill (Pearl Collins), Oglethorpe, Georgia; 24 grandchildren; 49 great grandchildren; sisters, Bobby Ann McCrary (Ernest), Oglethorpe, Georgia, Elizabeth Hill (J.W.) Oglethorpe, Georgia, Maxine Daniels, Atlanta, Georgia, Matilda Joiner, Atlanta, Georgia; one brother, Talmadage Hill, Oglethorpe, Georgia; sisters & brother-in-law, Peggy Walker, Oglethorpe, Georgia, Minnie Walker, Atlanta, Georgia, Alice Neil Walker Green (Carl), Oglethorpe, Georgia, Estella Kazinazrul, Oglethorpe, Georgia, Mary Florence Hillmon, Oglethorpe, Georgia, Robert Walker (Catherine), Atlanta, Georgia, Frank Walker, Atlanta, Georgia, J.B. Walker, Atlanta, Georgia, Charlie Walker, Oglethorpe, Georgia, Shirley Lockhart, Perry, Georgia, and Larry Walker, Oglethorpe, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephew, cousins and friends including a nephew he reared as his own, Tony Walker, Oglethorpe, Georgia; devoted cousin, Annie Claude Thomas; and close friends, Robert Wells, Tommy Jones, Willie Joe Daniels, Rev. Willie Waymon, Charles Cannon, Minnie Horne, and Charlie Walker.
Reverend Charlie Lee Kendrick, age 68, passed on May 11, 2018 at Emory St. Joseph Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
The funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Magnolia Baptist Church, 415 Hosie Waters Street, Montezuma, Georgia. Burial will follow at Andersonville National Cemetery Rostrum, 496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, Georgia.
Rev. Charlie Lee Kendrick was born February 21, 1950 in Henderson, Georgia to the late E.T. and Mary Lee Kendrick. He was the sixth of ten siblings (four preceded him in death). He was educated in the Houston County and Idaho School Systems. Rev. Kendrick served his country in the United States Armed Forces and National Guard Reserve for several years, where he earned an honorable discharge.
At an early age, he gave his life to Christ. He was an avid bible scholar, who loved the Word of God. To enhance his biblical knowledge, he attended Carver Bible College where he excelled in each class, he was loved and respected by each professor.
He was a great humanitarian, always had an encouraging word, leading many to Christ. He served many years as Chairman of the Board of Deacons at Greater Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church. He had a passion for worship, praying, fellowshipping with his brothers-in-Christ, and most of all singing the hymns of the church. He also served many years leading bible study classes, conducting church services and mentoring at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health System for boys and girls.
Rev. Kendrick answered the call of the Lord to serve as an Under Shepherd, so he founded and pastored the Holy Spirit Led Ministries.
Rev. Kendrick was an awesome family man who absolutely loved his family. Family was very important to him as he enjoyed gathering the family and friends together at Thanksgiving and during other holidays.
Rev. Charlie Kendrick is preceded in death by his parents, E.T. and Mary Lee Kendrick; brothers, Willie B, Lewis and E.T. Kendrick; sister, Georgie Ruth Johnson; and daughter, Kimberly Kendrick.
He departed this life on Friday, May 11, 2018 leaving to cherish his memories: his devoted wife of 39 years, Mrs. Pearlie Kendrick; daughters, Chandra and Youlander Sawyer, Thomescina Sims (Rudy), Jadonnia Kendrick (Stanley); grandchildren, Joshua and Jeremiah Sims; Keyonna, Jemarion and Demarion Sanders; siblings, Rena Mason, Eddie Robinson (Sarah), Mattie Leggett, Lizzie Byrd (Ted), Harry Robinson; a host of loving sisters & brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mrs. Geneva Thomas Welbon, age 78, 712 Blossom Way, Haywood, California, passed away at her home on Saturday, April 21, 2018.
The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Lula Chapel Primitive Baptist Church located on Georgia HWY 26 West in Oglethorpe, Georgia. Elder James Lyles, Pastor will officiate. Interment will follow in the Davis Chapel A.M.E. Church Cemetery.
Geneva was born September 28, 1939 in Macon County, Georgia to the late Albert Thomas and Carrie Bell Tookes Thomas. She was educated in the public school system of Macon County and was a graduate of D.F. Douglas High School, Montezuma, Georgia. She was united in Holy matrimony to Eddie Welbon, Sr. To this union two children were born. In 1994, she joined the Christian Believers at Lula Chapel Primitive Baptist church where she was a faithful and dedicated member throughout her life. Geneva retired from the United Postal Service in Haywood, California. She loved to garden, nursing and foster caring to children. She was preceded in death by five siblings Henry D. Thomas, Louise Thomas Fulks, Willie Gene Thomas, Enoch Elijah Thomas, Bernistine Thomas Hudson.
Survivors included her children, Eddie Welbon, Jr., and Jamie Welbon of Haywood, California; grandchildren Eddie Welbon III, Leona Welbon, Eddie Welbon IV, Sabrina Welbon all of Haywood California; step grand Imani Harrison, Haywood, California; siblings Eddie Will Thomas, Sr. (Annie Claude), Oglethorpe, Georgia, Armour Jean Smith (Thurman Smith, Sr.), Duxbury, Massachusetts, Evelyn Thomas, Oglethorpe, Georgia, Annie B. Fagan, Monterey, California, Albert Thomas Jr., Boston Massachusetts, and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including a devoted friend Calvin.
The interment of the late Freddie J. Richardson will be held at 1:00 P.M., May 11, 2018 at Taylor’s Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Payne’s Bottom Community, Ellaville, Georgia.
Mrs. Delois Cooper, 223 Horton Drive, Americus, Georgia passed Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Coliseum Hospital, Macon, Georgia.
The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Big Bethel Baptist Church, Jackson Street, Americus, Georgia. The Reverend Calvin Rollins, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in the Staley Cemetery, Corner of Souther Field Road and Mayo Street, Americus, Georgia.
Delois Cooper was born July 4, 1941 in Americus, Georgia to the parentage of the late Ray Bell Hightower and Willie Mae Clark. She was preceded in death by two children, Shirlene Cooper Chambliss and Dianne Myers; two brothers, G. D. Clark and James Arthur Chambliss; and three sisters, Mattie Pearl Clark, Helen Watson and Mary Alice Clark.
She was educated at Welcome School in Americus, Georgia. Delois was a faithful member of New St. Paul Baptist Church and later she joined the band of Christian believers at Big Bethel Baptist Church. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Plains, Georgia. Delois worked for many years at the Stewarts’ Restaurant until she retired. One of her biggest joys was listening to gospel music, watching gospel videos, looking at old western movies and the Matlock show.
Delois was a great mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, but what made her so unique and astounding was the love she had for people. She truly showed genuine love toward her family, friends, and those she had just met. Matthew 25:35-40 clearly represents her “For I was hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”. The love she had and showed touched so many lives. Her love will continue to be showed through our hearts...
She leaves to cherish her memories to her five loving children, Charles Cooper Jr. (Rosie), Alma Jean Cooper, Jacqueline Hall (Eric), Sharon Cooper and Lisa Cooper, all of Americus, Georgia; nine grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; siblings, Arthur Clark (Margaret) Jacksonville, Florida, Mary Clark, Americus, Georgia, Ora D. Williams (Otis), Americus, Georgia, Evelyn Floyd, Americus, Georgia and Edna Clark, Vera Beach, Florida; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including three devoted, Monica Borrow, Janice Arnett and Ernest Cooper.